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Legitimate G1 Soundwave?


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Hi all,

So I got this G1 Soundwave in the mail today from Ebay. It looks like a pre-rub, until you look on the back and see a rubsign on the belt clip. I've looked all over the 'net, youtube, seibertron galleries, etc, and the only Soundwave I can find with a 'Con symbol on the chest and rubsign on the belt clip is the 2003 Takara book style reissue (like this).But if you look closely, the control "buttons" on the front of Soundwave look exactly like the vintage one, and not the reissue. I'm wondering if this is a reissue, or if perhaps the previous owner bought the belt clip separately to complete the piece. I've included pics of what I'm talking about, along with the trademark stamp on the inside of the battery compartment. I'm not sure what the G1 Soundwave trademark should look like, does anyone else? If it's just a question of getting a new belt clip, that's certainly not a big deal. But if its a reissue, then I'll be a little :fire considering how much I paid for it. Thanks for any feedback you can give me. ~ Matt

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Hmm, checked the two I have. neither have the symbol on the back. One does not have any marking on the battery cover, but inside the battery compartment it just says Takara. The other has writing on the cover Takara Co Lt '74 '83 Japan. I wonder what the hell ones I have now ><

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Hmm, checked the two I have. neither have the symbol on the back. One does not have any marking on the battery cover, but inside the battery compartment it just says Takara. The other has writing on the cover Takara Co Lt '74 '83 Japan. I wonder what the hell ones I have now ><

 

Lol! Sorry, wasn't trying to cause problems. The only other Soundwave I have is the Hasbro Soundblaster-mold reissue, and it has the same stamp on the inside battery compartment. The seller said the original owner moved the rubsign off the tape deck and on to the belt clip and replaced the front with an Insecticon Decepticon logo sticker. It sounds plausible, but begs the question, why the heck would anybody do that? Meh, probably for the same reason the original owner of my G1 Prime put one of his Autobot shoulder stickers on the front grill, which caused chrome wear to it. Grr.

 

I do hope it's vintage. It's in amazing condition. Well, except for the sticker shenanigans, of course.

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The Prime I had as a kid, well, I figured the sticker wouldn't wear if I put them on the windshield...

 

When it comes to sticker questions, it always helps to remember that kids are stupid.

 

Also, cheack with Breaker, he's the resident Soundwave guy.

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The Prime I had as a kid, well, I figured the sticker wouldn't wear if I put them on the windshield...

 

When it comes to sticker questions, it always helps to remember that kids are stupid.

 

Also, cheack with Breaker, he's the resident Soundwave guy.

 

Heh. I'm flattered. But now you make it like I'm the Soundwave Tech Support XD.

 

 

I have G1 Soundwave and all the encores/reissues but sadly they are in storage atm :( so I won't be able to compare them for you. However, I was able to determine some things. The US release of G1 Soundwave did come with all the stickers I see present on your TF just in different spots. The rubsign on the back I've only ever seen on the front of the tape deck and already applied. Obviously you didn't purchase him MISB or you wouldn't have opened him (I hope not anyways) but what could have happened is that your seller "restored" this Soundwave by putting some new stickers on him and accidentally put the rubsign on the back rather then the front. For a cool $10 you can get the entire sticker map for Soundwave off of Reprolabels.

 

Your Soundwave is in really good shape, which could be suspect but look at your box man. It's in such perfect shape. Someone has been taking care of it for over 25 years, so provided that the contents (Soundwave) were also taken with the same amount of care, I could believe it. It's hard to believe that someone would just have a perfect box lying around and just stuff it with a Takara Encore which ain't cheap in it's own right. And it's not impossible to see perfect Soundwaves out there, but they ain't cheap and neither is yours apparently.

 

I'm starting to ramble. So I'll just break it down here.

 

Your battery cover is 100% legit. And without actually having it in my hands I'm pretty sure the box is real. Coupled with those two things leads me to believe that your Soundwave is in fact a G1 one. It would just be a lot of trouble to reproduce a perfect box, get a G1 battery cover and an encore Soundwave to swindle someone. My only doubts are that the Takara book reissue and Encore both have that same incorrect sticker on the front instead of the rubsign and I cant give you a 100% proof positive answer without spending a few hours digging mine out for comparison. But it is still my opinion that you have the real deal.

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The Prime I had as a kid, well, I figured the sticker wouldn't wear if I put them on the windshield...

 

When it comes to sticker questions, it always helps to remember that kids are stupid.

 

Also, cheack with Breaker, he's the resident Soundwave guy.

 

Heh. I'm flattered. But now you make it like I'm the Soundwave Tech Support XD.

 

 

I have G1 Soundwave and all the encores/reissues but sadly they are in storage atm :( so I won't be able to compare them for you. However, I was able to determine some things. The US release of G1 Soundwave did come with all the stickers I see present on your TF just in different spots. The rubsign on the back I've only ever seen on the front of the tape deck and already applied. Obviously you didn't purchase him MISB or you wouldn't have opened him (I hope not anyways) but what could have happened is that your seller "restored" this Soundwave by putting some new stickers on him and accidentally put the rubsign on the back rather then the front. For a cool $10 you can get the entire sticker map for Soundwave off of Reprolabels.

 

Your Soundwave is in really good shape, which could be suspect but look at your box man. It's in such perfect shape. Someone has been taking care of it for over 25 years, so provided that the contents (Soundwave) were also taken with the same amount of care, I could believe it. It's hard to believe that someone would just have a perfect box lying around and just stuff it with a Takara Encore which ain't cheap in it's own right. And it's not impossible to see perfect Soundwaves out there, but they ain't cheap and neither is yours apparently.

 

I'm starting to ramble. So I'll just break it down here.

 

Your battery cover is 100% legit. And without actually having it in my hands I'm pretty sure the box is real. Coupled with those two things leads me to believe that your Soundwave is in fact a G1 one. It would just be a lot of trouble to reproduce a perfect box, get a G1 battery cover and an encore Soundwave to swindle someone. My only doubts are that the Takara book reissue and Encore both have that same incorrect sticker on the front instead of the rubsign and I cant give you a 100% proof positive answer without spending a few hours digging mine out for comparison. But it is still my opinion that you have the real deal.

 

Just the type of expert opinion I was looking for! Thanks for your input; you make very good points. I actually sent the pic of the trademark stamp to my folks and had them look at my childhood Soundwave and they said they're exactly the same. The more I've looked at it, I agree with you that it's legitimate. And the quality of the box and cardboard insert are what really appealed to me when I bought it, cuz like you said, it's near perfect. I'm going to hold on to it; may get some Reprolabels later on, but it's cool for now. Thanks again!

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Hey glad I was able to help and I'm glad you were able to get more positive proof as to this being a G1er. Good buy :thumb The worth of that in it's condition can only go up from here.

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